At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.
Registered Dental Hygienist
• Associate in Dental Hygiene, RDH
• 27 years
• Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
RDH, Office Manager
Laura has been working with the team for 21 years. For 17 years she worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist, and then moved into the Office Manager position. Laura is a native of Murphy. She attended grammar and high school here in Murphy and then went to Asheville-Buncombe Technical College and received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene.
After graduating she started working for Dr. Watson and has been here ever since. Laura, also babysat for Dr. Watson's kids when they were younger and has been a patient of Dr. Watson's since she was 5 years old. Laura's mom, Becky, has worked for Dr. Watson for over 30 years. So as you can see we are family here at Murphy Dental Center.
Laura is married to Mark Elliott, co owner of Elliott Brothers Mechanical, and has two sons; Cole age 12 and Cooper age 9. They reside in the Ranger Community. In her off time, Laura spends her time at ball fields and ball courts with her children who play baseball and basketball.
Melissa Yonce was born and raised in Murphy and now lives in the Peachtree Community with her husband, Jimbo. She and her husband have a vacation rental cabin that they own/manage and this keeps them busy. She has a two-year associates degree in business from Tri-County Community College. She enjoys spending time with family, working on projects at home and spoiling her two grandboys, Aayden and Connor.
Melissa has been certified in dental radiography through MAHEC and has received training in Cere, 3D panoramic radiographs, TekScan and oral conscious sedation. She has been a dental assistant at Murphy Dental Center for 21 years and enjoys helping make your dental experience a little easier. She is proud to be a part of this team that functions more like a family.
Jennifer has worked as a dental assistant at Murphy Dental Center for 12 years. She received an Associates in Applied Science degree from Tri-County Community College.
Jennifer is certified in digital radiography thru Chapel Hill. She has received training with Cerec, 3D Panoramic Films, Fast Braces and Tek Scan. She enjoys working with Dr. Watson and the team at Murphy Dental Center.
Away from work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family. Her and husband Eric, live outside of Murphy in the Unaka Community. They have two daughters, Sarah and Kimberly. As a family, they enjoy camping and being outdoors.
Jennifer also spends a lot of her time at Murphy High School sporting events. Her daughter Sarah, keeps her busy with volleyball, basketball games and track meets. Sarah is a 2 time NC State Champion in the discus.
Becky earned her Certified Dental Assisting license in 1990. She has been a dental assistant since 1974, and 35 years of that has been with Dr. Watson. She has worked in the front office for 12 years. Becky retired in 2015 and stayed home for 1 year, and then came back to her work family.
Becky and her husband, Jack live in the Martins Creek Community. They have 2 children Laura and Daniel and 6 grandchildren: Cole (12), Addison (10), Cooper (8), Payton (8) and twins Mason and Megon (6).
Becky enjoys spending time with her family, reading and going to the many sporting events that her grandchildren participate in.